Nancy Allbritton

Professor and Chair, UNC-Chapel Hill/NC State Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering

Nancy Allbritton is a Kenan Distinguished Professor and Chair of the UNC-Chapel Hill/North Carolina State University Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering. She earned her bachelor’s degree in physics from Louisiana State University, her MD from Johns Hopkins University, and her PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Allbritton began her academic career in biomedical engineering at the University of California-Irvine and came to the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 2007.

Allbritton’s research has resulted in technology advancements that address unmet needs in biotechnology and medicine related to single cell isolation and analysis, cell sorting and cloning, organ on a chip, and tools for evaluating cell signaling. Her approach to research is collaborative and multidisciplinary, incorporating expertise in the fields of cell biology and physiology, chemistry, biomedical engineering, physics, and material science to develop practical applications and solutions.

Allbritton has aggressively pursued commercialization of technologies arising from her research. She is a co-founder of several university startup companies, including CellBiosciences (Protein Simple; acquired by Bio-Techne in 2014), Intelligo (licensed to International Rectifier), Cell Microsystems (UNC-Chapel Hill) and Altis Biosystems (UNC-Chapel Hill).